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- Defensive line -- disrupt, disrupt, disrupt
|3 hours 7 min ago||I am relatively sanguine||
I am relatively sanguine about this position ...
That's one of them fancy words. :-)
I come to MGoBlog for football ... I leave with a better vocabulary!
|5 hours 16 min ago||I will keep half an eye on||
I will keep half an eye on the UofA game, but I suspect this to be all Arizona. I doubt Bellomy will play for UTSA. But knowing something about the game will let me speak cogently at the water cooler the next day.
The other game this weekend I'm curious about is Florida. They're playing a cupcake (New Mexico State), but it's their first step out of the darkness with a new coach. Florida wins, but will we see anything like a glimmer of what might be?
Agree about Pac-12 South. Last year my adopted school to follow was UCLA. I can't bring myself to root for USC ever.
|5 hours 31 min ago||Arizona hosting UTSA is||
Arizona hosting UTSA is interesting, but not compelling.
Interesting because UTSA is where Russell Bellomy transferred to.
Interesting because UTSA damn near beat Arizona last year in San Antonio. This year it's Tucson.
But not compelling because it falls smack against Meeechigan game!!!
|5 hours 38 min ago||Truth||
Amara Darboh == Amara Darboh
Well, that settles it. :-)
|6 hours 8 min ago||Keys||
Stipulate that limiting turnovers is a given.
If we change to this to "keys of the game" ... then:
Offensively I'd love the story to be: "Utah could not stop Michigan's relentless drives."
Defensively I'd love the story to be: "Michigan's front four were in the backfield all night." I'd be okay with our secondary scoring zero tackles if it means it's all happening up front.
|9 hours 9 min ago||Well five or six years ago||
Well five or six years ago you weren't a P5 program.
Exactly right ... there was a time when Utah was not really part of the college football conversation. Urban Meyer changed that quite a bit when he was there; Utah's joining the PAC-12 changed it a bunch.
Still, that said, it's hardly controversial to say that Michigan is not bigger than their Pac-12 rivals. The last time Michigan was part of the top-tier discussion was 2006. It's been a very dry last seven or eight years. But ... Harbaugh!
Go Blue. Let's start the turnaround tomorrow evenin.
|10 hours 9 min ago||That moment when her eyes||
That moment when her eyes lock on the camera and the smile emerges ... priceless.
This never gets old.
|21 hours 4 min ago||Wow ... well, good for him.||
Wow ... well, good for him.
He's also listed on the kick returner depth chart.
|21 hours 8 min ago||Michigan's offensive line||
Michigan's offensive line pushes Utah down the field. The running game establishes itself early. But for the TD it's Ruddock to Darboh, with Jake Butt drawing all sorts of coverage away from the other receivers.
|1 day 7 hours ago||Others have commented on the||
Others have commented on the depth at LB.
Brian hints at addressing the depth issue in part by bringing Peppers in as an LB in spots.
But what about the DL corp? I know with Mone's injury depth is a bit of an issue as well. But I think there's some possibility for our DEs to slip back into LB roles if needed?
|2 days 4 hours ago||Ugh ... my eyes ... they||
Ugh ... my eyes ... they burn. :-)
|2 days 6 hours ago||My Bad||
My bad ... I read "Rhett" but my fingers typed "Brett".
(Maybe I have Bret Beilema on my mind ... and if so, then someone kill me, please.)
|2 days 7 hours ago||General Information||
First off, good for Brett. I hope he does well and enjoys his time with football.
Second ... that district (Catalina Foothills) is some nice real estate. It is the Bloomfield Hills* of Tucson, so to speak. It is on the north side of town on the lower slopes of the Catalina mountains. It is probably 10 miles or so north of the UofA campus, which itself is just to the east of downtown Tucson. Straight up Campbell and you hit the Catalina Foothills.
Tucson's growth pattern was first to the east, then to the north. The Catalina Foothills area was just desert scrub-land 25 years ago. Growth east checked by mountains; growth north checked by mountains; now it's going northwest (Marana) and now also to the west.
* Or Birmingham, or Gross Pointe. It's not like Plymouth or Canton ... Marana and Oro Valley more fit that parallel. I thought maybe Royal Oak, but that's a much older, more artsy place than Catalina Foothills. Tucson has its artsy locales, but Catalina Foothills is not it.
|3 days 11 hours ago||He's worse than Harbaugh To||
He's worse than Harbaugh
To reinforce your point ... Harbaugh and Drevno.
(I have a major man crush for Drevno. Ever since his introductory video interviews, the guy has struck me as someone I'd follow to hell and back. I've said before: he's Harbaugh's X-factor here. We're going to see good things out of this offense.)
|3 days 11 hours ago||Even Mattison got||
Even Mattison got demoted
Another reading of this -- Mattison willingly stepped back to (a) provide Durkin the role, (b) provide continuity for the staff, and (c) assume a role that is his first love in coaching ... the DL.
At 65 years old it's possible -- even likely -- he no longer wants DC role, but very much wants to remain involved with the DL and coaching the young men who play there. I applaud him.
|4 days 2 hours ago||Reading around on him, the||
Reading around on him, the knocks against his NFL prospects center on his passing delivery (tends to throw sidearm) and his unproven play against top competition. He'll get looks, but I think he'll be a lower round pick ... 3rd maybe at best?
|4 days 3 hours ago||My wife saw me watching this.||
My wife saw me watching this. She rolled her eyes. "Boys and their football," she sighed. I smiled. Let it begin.
|4 days 6 hours ago||It's hard to glean much from||
It's hard to glean much from these interviews. The players are savvy enough to say little, but say it in a persuasive way. But to the extent this reflects a seriousness about focusing on the game and winning ... then great!
|4 days 7 hours ago||I told my wife this is the||
I told my wife this is the last Saturday she has any claim on my time until mid-January.
|4 days 7 hours ago||"He runs like a penguin with||
"He runs like a penguin with a hot herring in his cumberbund" -- Bob Ufer
|4 days 8 hours ago||So this got me thinking about||
So this got me thinking about the 10 best years for any coach in college history.
Bo's 1969 to 1978 run was spectacular -- 96-15-1 by my count.
Yost's 1901 - 1910 run was 78-6-6.
Knute Rockne's 1921 - 1930: 84-11-3.
But then I counted up Bud Wilkinson's Oklahoma teams 1949 - 1958: 107-7-1. Whoa.
For a 10 year span, that's remarkable. His worst season was 1951 at 8-2.
I'm trying to think of other coaches whose 10 year spans might approach that.
|5 days 1 hour ago||Hello, Comcast? Is that you?||
Hello, Comcast? Is that you?
|5 days 3 hours ago||Yeah, I suspected there was a||
Yeah, I suspected there was a staff helping to coordinate these things.
Still, it just fascinates me to picture myself a fly on the wall. Recruiting at this level has to be a pretty well oiled machine for top programs. I can picture daily update meetings to get everyone on the same page with respect to status, trends, and who does what next.
We watch football on Saturday, but there's just a crap-ton of things that take place behind the scenes.
|5 days 4 hours ago||Outreach||
"I talk to Michigan almost every day between Coach Durkin, Coach Harbaugh and Coach Partridge."
Could that really be the case -- some contact every day?
Any idea how a program like Michigan coordinates this outreach by coaches? Do they have a schedule of which coach calls which recruit on what day? And would there be a time of day the coaches break from other activities and hit the phone banks for this?
I'm asking just because I'm curious how a program manages the recruiting process across so many players.
|5 days 4 hours ago||Exactly ... this is really||
Exactly ... this is really odd timing. There's more to this than just bad coaching.
|5 days 5 hours ago||Nah ... I'm just channeling||
Nah ... I'm just channeling my inner Drevno.
I'm telling ya ... Drevno is Harbaugh's secret X-factor here. I love the guy.
|5 days 6 hours ago||Our offensive line is going||
Our offensive line is going to surprise us. It'll control the line of scrimmage. First downs will occur. Drives will be sustained. Touchdowns will ensue.
17 point victory. I'd say 27-10 or 34-17. Game not as close as the score might indicate.
|6 days 2 hours ago||Plus, Arizona escaped a few||
Plus, Arizona escaped a few games by the skin of their teeth. 10 - 2 could easily have been 8 - 4 or 7 - 5. Still, they pulled off a 10 - 2 regular season so good for them. The post season was a bit ugly, though.
|6 days 2 hours ago||Reporting from Tucson ...||
Reporting from Tucson ... "adore" is a bit strong. To the extent people here really get into football -- which isn't much -- they are happily content with RR. Agree that expectations are reasonable. Football season is the diversion until basketball season starts.
Plus, football in 90 degrees isn't right. It violates natural law. See my signature line.
|2 weeks 2 hours ago||You don't bring in a 5th year||
You don't bring in a 5th year guy not to start.
Unless Ruddock is the insurance policy to protect against the downside risk.
Also, is it possible Ruddock is designed to keep a fire under Morris? So Ruddock is reliable insurance policy against bad QB play, and serves as pace guy / competition for Morris. If Morris hits his potential then great ... go with Morris. If Morris doesn't click, then there's Ruddock.
I'm just musing ... I honestly don't have a clue.